Hit-and-Run Suspect Changes Plea

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CLEVELAND — The man accused of driving away after hitting a 12-year-old girl with his vehicle changed his plea to guilty on Thursday.

Cedric Francis, 23, was charged for not stopping after the Sept. 14 accident at West 31st Street and Denison Avenue in Cleveland.

Katie Adkins, a 7th grader at Brooklyn Middle School, was trying to cross the street to get to the playground when she was hit.

Adkins doesn’t remember the accident.

She suffered numerous injuries, including two breaks on her pelvis, two breaks to her jaw and a bruised spleen.  Her femur was cut in half and she was very badly bruised.  Her jaw also had to be wired shut.

There is a fund set up to help with medical bills at Third Federal Bank under Katie Adkins.

Francis was scheduled to be sentenced on Feb. 26.  Until then, he was ordered not to drive or ingest intoxicating substances.

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